Lionel Messi has conceded it "would be terrible" if former Barcelona teammate Neymar joined Real Madrid this summer, as the five-time Ballon d'Or victor voiced his opinion on the furious speculation surrounding the Brazilian's future.
With one La Liga match remaining for the Spanish side against Villarreal on Saturday, every player will be hoping for the chance to impress their boss and earn themselves the opportunity to line up against Liverpool in the Champions League final.More news: Mile Jedinak one game from Premier League return with Aston Villa
"If he ends up in Madrid it would be a tough blow for us and for all of Barcelona. And on a footballing level Madrid would be much stronger than they already are".
On Sunday, the central defender was speaking to Canal Football after being crowned champions of France and Marquinhos backed what president Nasser Al Khelaifi said, " I have the feeling that Neymar will stay.
Neymar, who is recovering from a foot surgery after an injury in February, left Barcelona last summer after Paris Saint-Germain paid a record transfer fee of 222 million euros.More news: Steven Gerrard 'delighted' to make first Rangers signing
Beaten finalists four years ago in Brazil, Argentina have not won a major worldwide title since 1993 when they lifted the Copa America. "You know a lot about him and the likes of [Lionel] Messi because you watch them on YouTube when you're growing up, you always watch those type of players", he told reporters. It will be a huge test for everyone and hopefully, we come out on top.
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